New ‘spectrum’ link to connect researchers from Moldova and Ukraine with pan-European network

New ‘spectrum’ link to connect researchers from Moldova and Ukraine with pan-European network

October 4, 2021

A new ‘spectrum’ high-capacity Internet link connecting Moldovan and Ukrainian scientific communities with the pan-European GÉANT research and education (R&E) network was launched on 28 September. The link narrows Europe’s digital divide with the Eastern Partnership. 

The new connectivity completes a Bucharest-Chisinau-Kyiv-Poznan half ring and includes the first regional link between two Eastern Partnership countries. The new Chisinau-Kyiv and Kiev-Poznan sections have a 100 Gbps capacity (a 6-time increase for Ukraine and a 11-time increase for Moldova).

This new infrastructure can be used with cutting-edge ‘spectrum’ technology, which enables even greater data flow by transmitting it as multiple wavelengths of light. That means the new sections could handle around 400 Gbps or more simply by upgrading the transmission modules.

This ‘spectrum’ digital highway is provided locally through the national research and education networks RENAM (Moldova) and URAN (Ukraine) as partners in EaPConnect, which is funded by the EU under the EU4Digital initiative

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